Military Experience and Covid-19 DefenceSynergia (DS) has been consistent in its message to Government that for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces to be cohesive and fit for purpose five principal areas must be defined and funded: Readiness, Responsiveness, Resilience, Regeneration and Capacity (R4C). Failure to do so risks incoherence and reduced military effectiveness that would Continue reading
The writer of this opinion piece is a founding member of DefenceSynergia (DS). However, the views expressed are the author’s own and not those of DS. For the older ‘loggies’ among us there are a number of terms that now seem to have drifted into obscurity – ‘earmarks’, ‘war reserves’, ‘meantime between replacement or failure’, Continue reading
DefenceSynergia (DS) is most grateful to Christopher Samuel, a former Royal Navy officer and founder member of DS, for providing the following short commentary on the state of the United Kingdom’s (UK) maritime defences. The issues covered become more pertinent in view of Her Majesty’s Government decision to launch a new review of UK security Continue reading
The author of the following DefenceSynergia (DS) opinion piece covering the United Kingdom Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) post Brexit is a founder member of DS. In an earlier life, David Graham was an officer in the Royal Navy who was involved in three Cod Wars and served in three RN Island Class OPVs. Subsequently, he Continue reading
DefenceSynergia (DS) is grateful to Prof Dr Julian Lindley-French for permission to publish his recent commentary entitled ‘Leangkollen 2020 Europe’s China Challenge’. The Strategic aspects of the West’s relationship with China have been largely ignored outside the USA mainly for fear of financial disadvantage. As Dr Lindley-French says towards the end of his commentary: ‘Respect’ Continue reading
DefenceSynergia (DS) is indebted to Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, former Chief of the Air Staff, Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham, lately Deputy Chief of Defence Staff and former RUSI Vice-President, Major General Jonathan Shaw, previously Director Special Forces and, subsequently, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, Antony Hichens, lately Chairman of DS Smith PLC Continue reading
DefenceSynergia (DS) has been requested by concerned supporters of United Kingdom (UK) Defence and Security to publish a speech made in the House of Lords on 7 January 2020 by Lord West of Spithead. This is in response to what DS would agree was a ‘defence light’ Queen’s Speech.